Thanksgiving storm blankets Southern California mountains with snow and delays holiday travel

Thanksgiving storm blankets Southern California mountains with snow and delays holiday travel

"A large swath of snow totals from 6 to 12 inches are expected from the Northern Plains into Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Upper Michigan, and locally higher snow amounts above 18 inches are possible", the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center reported early Saturday.

Because of severe snowstorms, flooding, a bomb cyclone with hurricane-force winds and tornadoes in some parts of the country, the entire weather systems have triggered transport chaos.

The latest from the National Weather Service in Boulder: Peak wind gusts could reach up to 75-85 miles per hour along the Front Range and in the foothills and up to 65 miles per hour on the northeast plains. That's down slightly from the four to eight inches forecast on Friday.

Then for part two of the strom on Monday, any mixed precipitation will eventually end as all snow for most areas.

Both storms with their atmospheric rivers that pull tropical moisture northward are likely to produce a firehose effect with a zone of heavy rain and heavy mountain snow.

While measurable snow is possible from Philadelphia to NY, it is still too early to say with certainty how much, if any could fall. Buffalo is expected to get an inch or less, while the Mohawk Valley could get up to 8 inches through Monday morning.

California is drenched or blanketed in snow after a powerful Thanksgiving storm.

Areas further south, like Detroit and Ann Arbor, are not include in the Winter Storm Watch or the more general Winter Weather Advisory.

Typically, weekends are "good timing" for winter storms due to the lack of cars on the roads.

The storm will be double-barreled in nature with the first part set to slam Northern California from Saturday night to Monday.

North, south and east Grand County have been issued a winter weather advisory and high wind warning Friday into Saturday.

A 100-mile section of Interstate 80 in Nebraska and Wyoming closed Saturday morning because of high winds and blowing snow.

Forecast models are all over the place on just how much snow, but a lot of them now agree there will be snow and most of it will fall in places that have seen nearly exclusively rain so far.

High winds and ice were making travel nearly impossible in some other places.

Weather caused at least one planeload of passengers to miss Thanksgiving altogether when a United Airlines flight bound for Denver was rerouted early Thursday and was unable to take off again.

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